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A 32-year-old female asked:

what is this hard painful lump on the ball of my foot? it looks like a verruca but the treatment did not wrk :(

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 20 years experience
Wart.: I often tell my patients who have palmar or plantar warts that they may need several treatments for these resistant warts on the skin of these areas. This is thicker skin, and therefore more resistant to treatment. I usually freeze it or laser it several times in conjunction with topical therapy.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Possibly...: May still be a verruca(wart) that treatment simply was not effective. May also be a corn or a cyst or even a reaction from a foreign body. See a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options.
Dr. Robin Dretler
Infectious Disease 43 years experience
Probably a wart: Verrucas or warts commonly recur. See a podiatrist for excision if it is a wart or for evaluation of other possible causes.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Warts: Can be very resistant and come back, there are many treatments, if one doesn't work, there are others to try. The key here though is knowing it it a wart. Some warts can convert into malignant lesions, while not so common it might be prudent to biopsy a piece of the lesion.
Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry 38 years experience
Wart or porokeratosi: Warts usually have tiny black dots porokeratosis have a well defined edge skin responds in a limited number of ways to trauma, infection, tumors. Any abnormal tissue growth should be examined by a physician.

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